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Anzac Day

Anzac Day, observed on April 25th each year, is a significant national day in Australia and New Zealand. It commemorates the bravery and sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) soldiers who fought in the Gallipoli Campaign during World War I. Anzac Day has evolved into a day of remembrance for all those who have served and died in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping missions.

Here is the origin and history of Anzac Day:

  1. The Gallipoli Campaign: In 1915, during World War I, the Allied forces, including troops from Australia and New Zealand, launched an amphibious attack on the Gallipoli Peninsula in modern-day Turkey. The objective was to capture the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (Istanbul) and secure a sea route to Russia. The campaign, however, proved to be a costly and ultimately unsuccessful endeavor.

  2. The Landing at Gallipoli: On April 25, 1915, the ANZAC troops landed on the shores of Gallipoli, facing fierce resistance from the well-entrenched Ottoman soldiers. The landing was met with heavy casualties, and the campaign turned into a brutal and protracted struggle.

  3. Sacrifice and Camaraderie: Despite the challenges, the ANZAC soldiers displayed great bravery, determination, and camaraderie during the campaign. They forged a reputation for being tenacious fighters and demonstrated their commitment to their fellow soldiers.

  4. Evacuation: After months of fierce fighting and mounting casualties, the Allied forces were evacuated from Gallipoli in December 1915 and January 1916. The campaign resulted in over 8,000 Australian and 2,700 New Zealand casualties, with many more wounded.

  5. Commemoration Begins: In the years following the end of World War I, the landing at Gallipoli on April 25th became a day of remembrance for the ANZAC soldiers who fought and died there. The first Anzac Day was commemorated on April 25, 1916, one year after the landing.

  6. Expanding Commemoration: Over the years, Anzac Day expanded beyond its focus on the Gallipoli Campaign to include all Australian and New Zealand military personnel who have served in various conflicts. It became a day to remember and honor those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice for their countries.

  7. Dawn Service Tradition: The Dawn Service is a significant part of Anzac Day commemorations. The tradition of holding a service at dawn is believed to have originated with the soldiers during the Gallipoli Campaign. The time of dawn holds special significance as it is the hour when the first troops landed at Gallipoli.

  8. Symbolic Legacy: Anzac Day has become an essential part of the national identity for both Australia and New Zealand. It is a day when people come together to pay their respects to the veterans and reflect on the impact of war on their nations.

Today, Anzac Day is observed with ceremonies, marches, and various commemorative events across Australia and New Zealand, as well as by expatriate communities around the world. The solemn occasion serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by the ANZAC soldiers and the importance of honoring all those who have served in the defense of their countries.

List of dates

Year Weekday Date Name Time
2024 Thursday 25 Apr 2024 Anzac Day in 2 days
2025 Friday 25 Apr 2025 Anzac Day in 1 year
2026 Saturday 25 Apr 2026 Anzac Day in 2 years
2027 Sunday 25 Apr 2027 Anzac Day in 3 years
2028 Tuesday 25 Apr 2028 Anzac Day in 4 years
2029 Wednesday 25 Apr 2029 Anzac Day in 5 years
2030 Thursday 25 Apr 2030 Anzac Day in 6 years
2031 Friday 25 Apr 2031 Anzac Day in 7 years
2032 Sunday 25 Apr 2032 Anzac Day in 8 years
2033 Monday 25 Apr 2033 Anzac Day in 9 years
2034 Tuesday 25 Apr 2034 Anzac Day in 10 years
2035 Wednesday 25 Apr 2035 Anzac Day in 11 years
2036 Friday 25 Apr 2036 Anzac Day in 12 years
2037 Saturday 25 Apr 2037 Anzac Day in 13 years
2038 Sunday 25 Apr 2038 Anzac Day in 14 years
2039 Monday 25 Apr 2039 Anzac Day in 15 years
2023 Tuesday 25 Apr 2023 Anzac Day 11 months ago
2022 Monday 25 Apr 2022 Anzac Day 1 year ago
2021 Sunday 25 Apr 2021 Anzac Day 2 years ago
2020 Saturday 25 Apr 2020 Anzac Day 3 years ago
2019 Thursday 25 Apr 2019 Anzac Day 4 years ago
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